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Blog // Connect Michigan

Broadband - a Technology Tool for Lifelong Learning

By CMI Staff

By Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst

Back in 2009 at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, President Obama stated that “By 2020, this nation will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” Furthermore, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce projected “by 2018, about 2.9 million jobs in Michigan, 62 percent of Michigan’s total employment will require some training beyond high school.” These increasing educational demands in Michigan drive more innovative and alternative learning methods, such as online education (or e-learning) via the Internet. E-learning provides new opportunities to empower educators and students. It expands educators’ instructional capabilities, and boosts students’ research and interactive opportunities beyond the confines of the traditional classroom.

A new report by Connect Michigan shows E-Learning Graphthat two-fifths of adult Michigan Internet users (40%) take online classes or conduct research for schoolwork, which is significantly lower than the Connected Nation average of 44%. This translates into approximately 2.4 million adults in the state taking advantage of digital learning. In addition, 14% of adult Michiganders who have a cell phone and subscribe to mobile broadband service report using their cell phones to access e-learning applications. 

For more detailed e-learning report in Michigan, read the full report here. To learn more about Michigan broadband news and state initiative programs, visit the Connect Michigan website or like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

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